If you have contact lenses that you no longer want or need, there are a few things that you can do with them in the UK. In this blog post, we will discuss the options that are available to you. You can either recycle them, donate them, or throw them away.

What To Do With Your Unwanted Contact Lenses

It is important to dispose of contact lenses properly so that they don't harm the environment or wildlife. Let's take a closer look at each option!

Recycle Them

You can recycle your unwanted contact lenses at some opticians in the UK. This is a great way to reduce waste and help the environment. Some opticians will take any type of lens, while others may only accept certain types. Make sure to call ahead and ask about their recycling policy before you bring in your lenses.

Donate Them

Another option for disposing of your unwanted contact lenses is to donate them. There are a few organisations in the UK that accept donated lenses, such as the Lions Club and Optometry Giving Sight. This is a great way to help people who are in need of contact lenses but cannot afford them.

Throw Them Away

If you cannot recycle or donate your unwanted contact lenses, then you will need to throw them away. Make sure to put them in a sealed bag before disposing of them in the bin. This will prevent them from harming the environment.

How To Reuse Your Contact Lens Case

Although your contact lenses might be unusable, this doesn't mean their case will be. Here's how to ensure your contact lens case is safe to reuse:

  • Clean the case thoroughly with soap and water every month
  • Replace the solution in the case every month
  • Do not share your case with anyone else
  • Do not use tap water to clean your case, only use sterile saline solution or distilled water.

Alternative Uses For Contact Lens Cases

If you fancy being creative, there are a few alternative uses for contact lens cases:

  • Use them to store small items such as earrings or pills
  • Use them as a water cup for your plants
  • Use them as a container for your makeup brushes
  • Use them to hold your change or keys
  • Use them to organise your desk or workspace.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can You Flush Contact Lenses Down The Toilet?

You may have heard that you can flush contact lenses down the toilet. However, this is not recommended as it can cause problems for sewage systems and wildlife. Contact lenses should always be disposed of in a sealed bag before being put in the bin.

Can You Put Contact Lenses In The Recycling Bin?

No, you cannot put contact lenses in the recycling bin. This is because they are made of plastic and cannot be recycled.

How Long Do Contact Lenses Last?

The expiry date on a contact lens means that the lens should be thrown away on or before that date. It is important to follow the expiry date as lenses can become dry and brittle over time, which can cause them to break and damage your eyes.

Monthly contact lenses usually last for around one month. After this, they should be thrown away and replaced with new ones.

What Parts Of Contact Lenses Can Be Recycled?

The lens itself cannot be recycled, but the packaging and solution packaging can be.

Can I Recycle My Contact Lens Solution Bottles?

Yes, you can recycle your contact lens solution bottles. Most bottles are made of HDPE plastic, which can be recycled. To recycle your bottles, make sure to rinse them out and remove the labels. You can then place them in your recycling bin.

Will Opticians Take My Contact Lenses Back?

Some opticians in the UK will take back any type of contact lens, while others may only accept certain types. Make sure to call ahead and ask about their recycling policy before you bring in your lenses.

To Conclude

There are many ways to dispose of your unwanted contact lenses in the UK. You can recycle them, donate them, or throw them away. Make sure to follow the proper instructions for each method to ensure that your lenses are disposed of safely and properly. Thanks for reading!